Essential info: City v United
It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures of the year, as Manchester United travel to the Etihad Stadium this Sunday to take on in-form rivals Manchester City.
After the Reds extended our unbeaten away league run to 21 games in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men face a difficult challenge as we take on a City team who have won 21 straight matches in all competitions.
However, United have won on our last two trips to the Etihad, winning 2-1 in the league last season and 1-0 in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.
We’ve never won three consecutive matches at the stadium, so history could be in the making this weekend…
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports on Sunday 7 March, with kick-off scheduled for 16:30 GMT. You can follow the action on ManUtd.com and in our Official App, where you can predict the line-ups and track in-game data using the Match Centre. You can also watch the build-up to the game on MUTV, along with live radio commentary, post-match reactions and re-runs of the game the next day.
Anthony Martial, David De Gea and Donny van De Beek, who all missed the Palace game on Wednesday, remain doubts. Martial picked up a knock on his knee ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park, De Gea was absent due to personal reasons, while van de Beek hasn't played since West Brom away on Valentine's Day, despite making the bench at the weekend.
As for the hosts, Nathan Ake has resumed full training after being missing since Boxing Day due to a muscular injury. However, it remains to be seen if he will be selected for the matchday squad. Other than that, Manchester City have no other injuries.
The Reds were unbeaten in February, a month which included a historic 9-0 victory against Southampton at Old Trafford and a thumping 4-0 away win over Real Sociedad. However, United go into Sunday's game having registered three consecutive 0-0 draws in a row against Palace, Chelsea and La Real. As for City, they extended their winning streak on Tuesday by dispatching Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 to go 14 points clear at the top of the league. That form has translated over to the Champions League too, as Pep Guardiola’s side hold a 2-0 advantage over Borussia Monchengladbach going into their last-16 second leg next week.
In the history of the Manchester derby, United have won 76 out of 184 games, with City winning 55 and there being 53 draws. But at the Etihad, the Reds have the advantage in the league. Since City left Maine Road in 2003, United have won eight of the 17 top-flight meetings, including the most recent league fixture at Eastlands in December 2019, thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. However, while the earlier league fixture at Old Trafford this season ended in a 0-0 draw, City came out on top in the Carabao Cup semi-final, with a 2-0 win at the Theatre of Dreams.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Despite being without a striker for several games this season, City have found a regular goalscorer in Ilkay Gundogan, who has managed to register 11 league goals from midfield, but he has failed to score in his last four appearances in all competitions. Most of City’s attacking power comes from their wingers, with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling scoring a combined 16 league goals and providing nine assists. City’s centre-back pairing of John Stones and Ruben Dias has impressed in recent months and Pep Guardiola’s men have registered the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season, with 15.
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick & Adam Nunn
Fourth official: Mike Dean
VAR: Paul Tierney
Assistant VAR: Harry Lennard
SATURDAY 6 MARCH
Burnley v Arsenal (12:30 GMT)
Sheffield United v Southampton (15:00 GMT)
Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers (17:30 GMT)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City (20:00 GMT)
SUNDAY 7 MARCH
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United (12:00 GMT)
Liverpool v Fulham (14:00 GMT)
Manchester City v UNITED (16:30 GMT)
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace (19:15 GMT)
MONDAY 8 MARCH
Chelsea v Everton (18:00 GMT)
West Ham United v Leeds United (20:00 GMT)